Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Stuff happens" - the dirty version

I've written to you at least twice about the term, "Stuff happens."  Wikipedia gives at least partial credit to Paul Rhymer for this popular saying (and it's even more popular dirty counterpart.)

I read a blog post about the term this morning and I thought I'd share the link with you, but be forewarned, what you will read there is anything but G-rated

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Graphing the ridiculous

They said it couldn't be done. 

See the original chart here.

click to enlarge

University Avenue in Bloomington, Illinois

Carberry (Carlyle) sits on a lake

Vic could have gone fishing, the crazy fool!

Added: a list of known Third Lieutenant Stanley foes

I had some fun this morning going through each Third Lieutenant Stanley sound clip and text offering and categorizing each villain/foe that he faced.  You can find this list in the future in the Third Lieutenant Clinton Stanley section of the blog.

Notice how writer Paul Rhymer takes the situations a bit farther each time (that is, as a trend.)  This point was mentioned in the "Ridiculous" section of my audio book.

  • Harvard college's football squad
  • Yale college's football squad
  • Yale college's baseball squad
  • Sheik
  • Savage cannibals
  • Sharks
  • Counterfeiting Eskimoes
  • Crazy polar bear
  • Bank-robbing professors of Yale college
  • Four huge lions
  • Stock market plungers of New York City
  • Counterfeiting South Sea Islanders
  • Counterfeiting cannibals
  • Comanche Indian chief
  • 16 Comanche braves on horseback
  • Rattlesnake
  • Counterfeiting South American pygmies
  • Counterfeting smugglers
  • Grizzly bears
  • Counterfeiting South Sea Islanders (for the second time)
  • Counterfeiting left-handed natives of the Orange Sea
  • Counterfeiting deep sea divers
  • Coat and hat thieves of the Sahara Desert
  • Counterfeiting coffee ground fortune tellers
  • Counterfeiting voice teachers
  • Counterfeiting snake charmers
  • 12' boa constrictor
  • Counterfeiting headhunters
  • Mountain lions
  • Lizard
  • Counterfeiting natives
  • Counterfeiting clothes manufacturers
  • Counterfeting diesel mechanics
  • Counterfeiting clarinet virtuoso

Monday, February 11, 2013

Further research finds yet another episode

When I write "further research" - what that actually mean in this case is that "earlier, I overlooked something and made a mistake."  The notes are hundreds of pages long and I was bound to mess up somewhere.  So, I found another episode.

Tramps in the neighborhood

The notes on episode 32-09-16 Vic Worries about Employment state:
Sade had locked Vic out, having been frightened when she saw tramps in the neighborhood.
The tramps aren't mentioned by name.  Can we imagine Hank Gutstop was one of them, in his pre-Little Dipper days?

"Rush and Link ride their wheels"

In episode 32-09-10 Is Rush Going to Stay?, there are a couple of things to note:
  • Vic is told a dirty joke by Harry Plink.
  • The original script had Sade saying she expected Rush and Link to ride their wheels to the lake.
The word wheels there means bicycle(s); I expect it was common slang at the time.

Vic and The Order of the Eastern Star

Barbara Schwarz's notes for episode, 32-08-20 Vic Forgets Sade's Birthday; Makes a Quick Recovery state:
Vic calls Old Man Mulraney, who lives over his jewelry store. He wants to buy Sade a wristwatch and a nice Eastern Star pin. Mulraney's  boy will run them over and stop at Croucher's to grab a quart of ice cream.
The above differs from the original notes posted on the blog, which left out the Eastern Star pin, for some unknown reason.  But it's fixed now.

Since Sade really dislikes the lodge (and are we to discern that Vic belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star?) why on earth would he buy her such a gift?

New episode synopsis!

While rummaging around this morning, I noticed there was an episode synopsis (albeit, a brief one) that wasn't posted before and I am not sure sure why.

At any rate, it's up now.

Barbara Schwarz's notes about "Vic Has a Sore Knee"

For some reason, Barbara Schwarz's notes about the episode, Vic Has a Sore Knee are very brief.  As a matter of fact, they were so brief that in fact I didn't include them when I came across them.  She wrote:
Tuesday, 7-26-32: (program # 22) Sade asks Vic how his knee feels.  Kinda stiff, but he expects if he rests all day and tonight he'll be all right by tomorrow.
As you probably know, I have since found a script of this episode (actually, the script was re-used and that's the one that was found) and I feel this is one of the most-important Vic and Sade episodes of all.  I think it rivals any radio script I have seen, actually.

She fails to mention anything about this episode that makes it great.  The fact that Vic is a prisoner in his own bed is just the beginning.

I wonder why Mis' Schwarz wrote so little about this episode?

Article about the Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart was the building where most Chicago radio was performed in the 1920's-30's and 40's.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Starbright not Starlight

Not too long ago I wrote about TV show and the boarder named Starlight - seems his name was StarBRIGHT and his wife was also a boarder.  Mis' Call was also on the tv series.

(Billboard Magazine July 30, 1949)

Long Distance Call

This has always been (even before my Vic and Sade days) one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes: Long Distance Call.  It was written by Charles Beaumont and Billy Idelson and aired in 1961.

Audition episode updated

I found some additional information about the Audition episode, Too Many Gooks, and have added it to the post already there.

The addition is a quote from Vic about his mother-in-law.  It's a very sarcastic/humorous quote.

The additional information was obtained from one of the original Friends of Vic and Sade.

Louie Johnson's Panther's Blood story

Louie Johnson, a big friend to the blog, once told a story on a forum (from 2004) about Panther's Blood:
Here's proof that Paul Rhymer's insight into human psychology was, and remains, very strong:  

A year ago I was between broadcasting jobs and took a job at K-Mart.

I was hired to water the spring and summer garden plants outside the store. One of the store's buyers had ordered 3 dozen of the ugliest plants that ever grew. I know a little about plants, and they were some kind of succulent. Each six-inch pot contained one plant which consisted of a bunch of arms that resembled starfish. They were a deep shade of purple, and in June they each grew one small pink flower which lasted for a day or two. That was as much work as these plants intended to do. They came unmarked, so no one knew what they were, and the customers showed extreme disinterest in them. Over the first eight weeks I was there we sold a total of three plants at only $2.89. I was tired of taking care of them, and set up a sign in front of them. It said: "Panther's Blood: $2.89" Panther's Blood, of course, was a plant Paul Rhymer invented to include in Sade's garden. Believe it or not, those plants sold out in just three days! I'd stand by trying not to break up as people were stopped in their tracks by something which had suddenly become exotic.

Humans are susceptible to glamor. Apply glamor to something that has no glamor and people will change their mind about it fast.

Thank you, Paul Rhymer and cast, for enriching my life for the better and forever!

A Vic and Sade vingnette

Found this on the internets.

Crazy World mentioned in Pop Culture podcast

I was pleasantly surprised today to find The Crazy World of Vic and Sade mentioned in a podcast... (if you are too lazy to listen to the whole thing, the blog shows up about four minutes and twenty seconds in.)

Looks like there is a whole fandom that's just become aware of the blog. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

On TV series, Vic and Sade had a boarder

I came across some new information this morning while doing some research; Vic and Sade had a boarder on their television show (at least in the 1949 version) whose name was Starlight.

In this article I found, there is also mention of the story about Third Lieutenant Stanley stopping a train with his bare hands.  This was something I had read somewhere once before and had put the info in the Third Lieutenant Stanley area but had no idea where it came from.  This might be the 2nd place where it comes from because I am pretty certain I hadn't read this information contained in this article before today.

There is also a (radio) story about a certain lodge brother (unnamed) who stole tablecloths from the lodge... and you wonder who that could be?

Yes, for the most part I ignore the television series as it's a waste of time; however, I had never heard about the boarder before and thought you might draw some insight from this.

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